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A Napier 1 BR rental gets 900 replies – families are in ‘absolute desperation’ & it isn’t rocket science ‘why’

Remember how the National party sold off literally thousands of our State Homes? Homes built so that no NZers would be without a roof over their heads.

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THE NATS HAVE BEEN LAND BANKING TAMAKI STATE HOMES ON PRIME REAL ESTATE SINCE 2012, CLEARING OUT THE POOR TO MAKE WAY FOR PRIVATE MANSIONS

THE GENTRIFICATION OF TAMAKI UNDER THE GUISE OF ‘REGENERATION’ SCAM – THE SALE OF YOUR STATE ASSETS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AT UNDISCLOSED PRICES

There were some very big question marks over the legality of some of those sales….

WHY IS A CROWN ENTITY COMPANY WITH $1.6 BILLION OF FORMER HOUSING NZ PROPERTIES NOT LISTED UNDER SCH 4A OF THE PUBLIC FINANCE ACT, OR SCH 2 OF THE CROWN ENTITIES ACT?

Thousands of properties land banked for greedy property developers, now laughing all the way to the banks. Those homes once helped house the now 43K plus homeless we have in NZ.

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Over the recent years as these houses disappeared, I’ve read many comments from bloggers who have also watched this. Many folk were evicted from our State Homes with what appears to be little good justification. One I read the other day, folk in the Wellington region were evicted for property development, and the evicted are still homeless. Following is the tale of another unfortunate Tamaki family evicted just weeks after their mother died:

THE CROWN OWNED TAMAKI REGENERATION CO. EVICTS 5 GRIEVING CHILDREN 3 WKS AFTER THEIR MOTHER’S DEATH – A NOT UNCOMMON OCCURRENCE WE’RE TOLD

So, no surprizes that now folk are languishing in garages, sheds, cars even. Unable to put a roof over their heads due also to the obscenely large rentals being charged, all helped along by the fact there is little housing to be had. The good old supply & demand mentality on steroids that is now seeing the rich getting richer & the poor getting even poorer. Thanks to Roger Douglas & the Neo Liberal ‘experiment’.

Here is the article highlighting the rental shortage in Napier.

From rnz.co.nz

Napier families who are desperate for housing are applying for flatshares and one-bedroom units.

A Napier landlord who posted an advertisement for a one-bedroom unit on TradeMe got more than 900 inquiries within 24 hours.

“We pulled it because we got 946 replies… I honestly couldn’t believe there were that many people wanting a place.”

The one-bedroom unit in Tamatea was available for $285 a week.

Several applicants were families who simply could not find anywhere else to live, he said.

“We put in the ad that it was not suitable for families or children, but they were quite willing to say the kids can sleep in the bedroom and we’ll sleep in the lounge.”

Most of those who inquired were unwilling to fill in an application form asking for reference checks and a police check.

This helped the landlord whittle down the list to about 50 people, who were invited to view the property at an open day, he said.

“Even then you could tell some people were desperate, a couple of them had tears in their eyes when they were talking to us.”

Another Napier man searching for two flatmates to share his Ahuriri home said he was getting dozens of calls and texts each day – and many were from families.

On four different occasions he had families turning up to sign a tenancy, when he was expecting a single person to show up.

“They led me to believe that the room was only for one person,” he said.

Hawke’s Bay Properties director Dee Penno was not surprised.

“There is just absolute desperation out there,” she said.

“You get all these applicants and how do you pick? Which desperate person do you pick?”

More than 200 inquiries had already been made in response to a current TradeMe ad for a one-bedroom flat in the Napier suburb of Maraenui, available for $260 a week.

Prospective tenants would often offer more than the advertised price in order to secure a home, Ms Penno said.

“And I also have people that ring up literally two minutes after I’ve listed it wanting to see the house before anyone else, begging down the phone.”

Proposed new requirements for rental properties, such as insulation and heating, would make the situation worse, Ms Penno said.

A lot of landlords had sold up over the last 18 months, because of the buoyant market in Hawke’s Bay, she said.

And she predicted it would only get worse, if stricter requirements for rental properties came into force.

“It is scaring a lot of landlords off… and I think we will see a lot of Mum and Dad investors with one rental property saying ‘this is too hard, we’re out’,” she said.

Hawke’s Bay rents had risen the fastest in the country, jumping 14 percent in the last year to a record high of $480 in August, according to figures from TradeMe.

The number of emergency housing special needs grants given to pay for emergency motel accommodation had tripled in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne between the March and June quarters, Ministry for Social Development (MSD) figures showed.

More people were coming to MSD for help, just as it had asked them to, an MSD spokesperson said.

MSD usually saw an increase in those needing help over the winter months.

“A high proportion of the people on the Social Housing Register in the East Coast region are living in insecure housing – accommodation that is unsuitable on a long-term basis. Winter will be making things worse for those people,” MSD said.

By Anusha Bradley

rnz.co.nz

 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/napier-rental-squeeze-leaves-families-in-absolute-desperation

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Between 2012 & 2014, Auckland Council tested wild pigs for brodifacoum (rat poison) residues … of the 14 tested, 13 were positive for poison residues (Clyde Graf)

From Clyde Graf

Many people in New Zealand rely on wild pigs to feed the family.

Between 2012 and 2014, Auckland Council tested wild pigs for brodifacoum (rat poison) poison residues. Of the 14 pigs tested, 13 of them were positive for poison residues.

The Department of Conservation aerially spreads brodifacoum bait across offshore islands to eradicate targeted wildlife. The DoC policy for using the poison on the mainland is however, far more strict. (see below)

Oddly, brodifacoum can be brought over the counter at hardware stores all around New Zealand, and some regional councils dish tonnes of the stuff out to local communities to spread around – like on the Coromandel Peninsula, where there are pigs present.

Perhaps a review of the use of this poison is warranted??? And while they’re at it, put a moratorium on 1080 poison as well …

OIA request details below:

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NZ Police prepare to re-open Pike River investigation

NOTE: see our Pike River pages for further information on the background to this disaster, particularly read the investigative report written … read the downloadable pdf ‘Murder at Pike River MIne?’ file by Dr Jacob Cohen.
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From newshub.co.nz

Police are preparing to open a new investigation into the Pike River explosion – and are open to laying criminal charges.

Newshub has learned the country’s highest-ranking investigator, Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers, was in Greymouth last week.

In addition, Police Commissioner Mike Bush has secretly met with families for the first time since NZ Police closed the case in 2013.

The new investigation is reliant on access being gained to the mine’s access tunnel or drift.

Asst Cmmr Chambers, who is responsible for investigations, and Det Supt Peter Read attended the meeting with the Pike River Recovery Agency at the New Zealand Mines Rescue at Rapahoe, just outside Greymouth last week.

The pair with Pike River families representatives Bernie Monk and Anna Osborne.

Asst Cmmr Chambers also visited the Pike River Memorial, but not the mine itself.

“Police would have a dual role should re-entry to the drift be achieved,” a statement issued to Newshub read.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/exclusive-police-prepare-to-re-open-pike-river-investigation.html

Pike families have been given control of mine road

Pike families take control of mine road

A flame burns from the end of a ventilation shaft of the Pike River coal mine near Greymouth on November 30, 2010.© REUTERS/The Press/Iain McGregor/Pool A flame burns from the end of a ventilation shaft of the Pike River coal mine near Greymouth on November 30, 2010. The families of the men who died in the Pike River coal mine say the owner of the road accessing the mine has given control of it to them.

The families of the 29 men who died in the mine in November 2010 have been fighting the sealing of the mine, saying the drift, a tunnel leading to the mine proper, is safe to enter.

The mine was privately owned at the time of the explosions but is now owned by state-owner coal miner Solid Energy, which says the mine is not safe to enter.

The families have been protesting on the road to the mine, and on Sunday posted on social media “there’s been a wee development”.

“Turns out, Solid Energy don’t own a big slice of the road to the Pike River access road, and don’t have any legal right to access it.”

It’s the only way to get to the mine in the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island.

“Oh, and the lovely local farmer who does own it, being a top bloke and loyal Coaster, has given control to us.

“So, you know, we’ll try hard to be reasonable landlords. We’ll allow access for genuine emergencies, if they ask nicely. But, well, that’ll be it for now.

“The town bully just went down.”

The Pike River families plan to go to parliament in Wellington on Tuesday to present the new prime minister with a new legal and technical plan to allow for re-entry of the drift “to retrieve evidence of what happened to our boys, and any remains which may lie there”.

Last week, Solid Energy published an open letter in newspapers explaining its position.

It rejected claims a “quick” inspection of the 2.3km drift, or entry shaft, is safe, that it is not listening to families’ experts, talking to the families and acting with indecent haste.

It also labelled the idea the mine was being sealed because it had something to hide or was colluding with the government in a cover-up plot as “incorrect and farcical”.

SOURCE  thecontrail.com

This is excellent news! Share this info & go to our Pike River page also. Share using the buttons at bottom of pages. Support the families at Pike River to get justice done for their loved ones!

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Kiwis still on holiday & NZ govt tables bill for improved minimum rental housing standards! – make a submission by 27th Jan. Simple form provided!

Important information from Laura – ActionStation petition site on making a submission to improve minimum rental housing standards. These submissions close on January 27th, while lots of Kiwis are still on holiday or at the beach! How typical of our current government to table this when folks are too busy or too removed from the information to know about it and/or respond. Please consider making a submission … ActionStation has provided a form to make it easy for you.   EnvirowatchRangitikei


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“The government are currently taking submissions from the public on their Bill to improve minimum housing standards for rentals in New Zealand.

This is our opportunity to push for standards that would ensure everyone in New Zealand has access to a warm, dry home.

Will you make a quick submission? It will take 5 minutes.

Do you remember how last year, after a surge of people power (and sadly, tragic stories of sick and dying Kiwi kids) the government announced legislative changes were to be made to our minimum housing standards? Changes like requirements for smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental properties, among other things. [1] 

The Bill that would enact the proposed changes has just been tabled in the House and referred to Select Committee. [2] What that means is that members of the public can now have a say on minimum housing standards for rentals in New Zealand by making a parliamentary submission. The catch is these submissions close on January 27th, while lots of Kiwis are still on holiday or at the beach.

We believe that’s because although the changes proposed by the government have been a very welcome first step on the path to warm, dry and affordable homes for all – The Bill doesn’t go nearly far enough, and they know it.

So we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to make a submission. We’ve spoken to a variety of social justice, children’s health and sustainability experts to get their point of view, and set up an easy to use form to make it really quick and simple for you to have a say on how we can improve New Zealand’s housing for all. Will you take action once again to help improve NZ’s poor quality housing crisis?

Click here to make a submission

We’ve included the expert analysis and recommendations for you to use in your submission; feel free to copy and paste the parts that are important to you, or just use our form to make your own submission. You don’t need to be an expert to have a say. Often a story from your own personal experience can be the most compelling submission of all.

So please, take five minutes to make a quick submission then share this campaign with your friends and family asking them to do it too ➜ www.actionstation.org.nz/minimum-housing-standards

Together we can ensure that everyone in New Zealand has access to a warm, dry, healthy and affordable home.

Thanks so much for caring,

Laura on behalf of the ActionStation team.”

References:

  1. Government strengthens residential tenancy laws’, Isaac Davidson, NZ Herald, 08 Jun 2015

  2. Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill and the relevant Beehive Statement.